Sept. 9, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF got a pair of goals from senior defender Daniel DeGeer and the game-winner from junior defender Kyle Schlumpf en route to a 3-2 victory against San Jose State in non-conference men's soccer action Sunday night at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (2-1-0) defeat the Spartans (2-1-0) for the fourth consecutive season and have won two consecutive.
It was a magical night for the Dons senior as DeGeer, who entered the contest with no career goals, tallied a pair of spectacular scoring strikes off free kicks, the first from the top of the penalty box, bending perfectly into the upper right corner at the 32:54 mark to tie the contest at 1-1. DeGeer once again came through for the Green and Gold at 40:19 on another free kick, this one from 35 yards out into the upper right corner.
DeGeer was not finished as he assisted on the Dons eventual game-winning goal at 47:26 serving a corner kick into the box volleyed by Schlumpf into the top shelf for his inaugural USF tally.
"We made this game very difficult for ourselves," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "I'm proud of our team that after trailing 1-0 early continued to fight and find scoring opportunities. We got outstanding goals from DeGeer and Schlumpf tonight. In order for us to compete at a high level, we need to do a much better job closing out opponents. Tonight there was definitely progress, but there is still room for much improvement with Cal and Stanford coming up next week."
San Jose State took an early 1-0 lead just 5:56 into the game on a breakaway goal by senior forward Julio Gonzalez. That was it for the Spartans until sophomore forward Colby Moore scored his second of the year at 86:59 to make things interesting at the end, closing the score to 3-2.
USF tied San Jose State in shots at 12-12, but held a 10-7 edge in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Eric Conner (1-1-0) collected his first career win for USF and collected a pair of saves in his second start of the season. Junior goalie Richard Mann (2-1-0) suffered the loss and made three saves on the night.
San Francisco returns to action when it competes in the 2007 WCC/Pac-10 Classic. The Dons host ancient Bay Area rival Cal Friday, September 14 at Negoesco Stadium. Match time against the Golden Bears is set for 7:00 PM.
NOTES: USF has now scored three goals in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2005 when it posted back-to-back decisions against San Jose State (3-2) and No. 25 Florida International (3-0)... DeGeer now has five points on the season after entering the season with four in his three previous seasons.